Carnival Pride Cruise Review by Lillybeth: Nice cruise
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Family of five, 16, 50+ couple, 21 and 24 year old. 12 cruise 4th Carnival......
arrived at port 10:30, too early...we waited on line in our car for about 1 hour. prior cruise was departing, once they were almost gone we were allowed to empty luggage, then park. Had faster to the fun and signed in, waited a bit and we were on the ship and bought our shore excursions at 12:24, drink package at 12:54, first burger at 1:10....well worth the $$$ so far!
Had three cabins 8202, 8240 and 8244. 8202 was a balcony and the hallway did not connect to other cabins we had, you had to walk out by the elevator then walk back in the hallway. We always do a balcony but this time we were discouraged, couple next to us were smokers and it seemed every time we went on our balcony they were out smoking so we went back in (cannot tolerate the smell). Guess we could have said something but it was their vacation too and they were permitted to smoke on their balcony (next time we do an More inside!)
DO NOT BOOK 8240 OR 8244, right under the Serenity and the kids heard them putting the chairs out every AM at about 6:00 then all day long the sliding of chairs. There was also a very intense sewage smell in the hall.
Cape Canaveral: did the shore excursions with Carnival and it was great. We saw everything, truly an experience everyone should have. Long day though, be prepared to take a nap when you come back
Nassau: some of us did the kayak tour, they loved it. The others sat by the pool and sauna and loved it
Freeport: beach stop without food and drinks was perfect. pack water and maybe take some cereal or snacks for munchies. They give you umbrella's and chair's , beach was great!
Serenity Deck: Yes we all hung here BUT BE WARE!!!! Soot from the engines periodically spits out all over the deck and yes you will have soot all over you, your bathing suit, your towels and the deck....so much for serenity! Serenity pool was our spot though....get there early, not only are chair spots hard to come by but pool space was also challenging.
DO the sea day brunch....EXCELLENT
We did our time dinning, was fine, waited no more than 10 minutes at various times and had a table with just 5 of us
CHEERS program VERY worth it for me and hubby, the 21 and 24 year old was short about $100.
Massage: we booked right away, wait till the end of the cruise they offer discounts and specials
Arcade was very hard to find...but fun, good luck in finding it !
David's steakhouse totally amazing, so sorry, yes do it, go for the $$$ worth it!
PIANO BAR: Roger is the best, we closed the place EVERY night!
Don't try to find food after 11:00, there ain't none except for pizza (I am lactose in-tolerate this did not help me). Yes you could order room service but we found that at that hour ....after closing the bars....3:00 am, it took a little too long for them to deliver. TIP: get something from the buffet after dinner, bring back to your cabin then you can have a snack with your last cocktail
Never went to the disco/club....now I regret it
BUFFET: it was just sad, not enough choices, never enough seats, always long lines at the good stuff....very disappointing and we have had better on Carnival as well as Royal and Princess and NCL!
TIP: if you cannot find a seat, go out to the serenity, they have table there and it is quite relaxing.
DEPARTING: with faster to the fun....we think it helped. those who carry out there own luggage go first, all decks. Then they start calling the other categories, including faster to the fun we were #1. Took about 2 hours....but we WERE one of the first ones off.
DINNING: Service was for the most part good but most of the time slow. No fault of staff, CARNIVAL you need more HELP!
All in All I probably will not sail the Pride again will try another Carnival soon! Less
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8202 cabin was adequate but if you DO NOT SMOKE and you have SMOKERS in the balcony next to you, you are screwed.